More Questions on Lott and Barr but Few
By Stanley Crouch
New York Daily News
From: News and Views | Opinion |
Wednesday, December 30, 1998
Somewhere in the material of the Council of Conservative
Citizens the statement is made that one should be a Nazi
but never use the word.
That seems to be the approach the CCC is taking
now that more and more light is being cast on its white supremacist
doctrine, its vision of Negroes as "monkeys," its belief there
was no such thing as the Holocaust and so on.
This exposure would not be happening if some
of us in the media hadn't focused on the fact that Senate Majority
Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.) have associated
with the CCC. In this paper and in The Washington Post, The New
York Times and the Los Angeles Times, in Molly Ivins' syndicated
column and on Pacifica Radio, the heat has been turned up.
The question that is beginning to spread is one
that I believe I first raised in this column: Why is there less
coverage of this story which has real political import
than of sex, lies, soiled dresses and Hustler magazine?
What appears before us now is clear: Neo-Confederates
with a disguised racial policy have risen to the top of the GOP.
But this rise is something that has to remain
under wraps, because in the era of Michael Jordan, one cannot
just come out and be a hard-core racist. That would be impolitic.
Be a Nazi, but never use the word. That is why Lott and Barr have
repudiated the CCC's philosophy. That is why the CCC denies its
own identity and, in the words of its CEO, Gene Lee Baum, says
that it is primarily a conservative organization focused on the
rights and culture of Euro-Americans.
The material on this organization keeps stacking
up, however, and the claims Lott and Barr have made about not
knowing what the CCC is about don't really hold water.
Lott has spoken to the organization a number
of times, has written a column for its publication and, according
to his uncle, has had ties to it for a long time. In 1992, he
praised the CCC for its philosophy. In 1997, CCC leaders met with
the Mississippi senator in his Washington office.
In June, when Barr appeared as the keynote speaker
at a CCC meeting in South Carolina, the atmosphere was clearly
that of a racist organization. There was plenty of material on
sale about "Nordic" superiority and black inferiority, plus revisionist
Holocaust documents and pro-Confederacy tracts about "the lost
cause." Barr, supposedly, didn't notice any of it.
This is part of something that has recently taken
place in our society. The racist of old would come right out and
call an insulting name at those who raised his paranoia. But these
guys are cagier. Or more cowardly.
Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League
says it this way: "I get more racist and anti-Semitic mail with
names and return addresses these days than ever. That's one side;
these people are not afraid of being known for what they are.
On the other hand, there is a very sophisticated kind of bigot
among us who doesn't want to be stopped along the way by his opinions.
This one wants power. He is far more dangerous."
Could this be true of Lott and Barr?
I've called Lott's office to get his statement
on these matters and left messages but have not heard back. Barr's
office immediately faxed me the congressman's letter of attack
on the CCC and his repudiation of its racial philosophy.
Not good enough. Let's have pointed questions
asked by reporters not only of Lott and Barr, but powerful Republicans
such as Reps. Henry Hyde, Dick Armey and Tom DeLay. Then we will
find out just what this party is made of.
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